Why We Need to Define the Bigger Problem*

When Apollo 13 astronauts reported an explosion on their space module, NASA’s Houston Mission Control contemplated on continuing the mission and land on the moon.  It was only when NASA realized that the problems were life-threatening that it was decided to abort the mission and to have the astronauts return to Earth safely.  We tendContinue reading “Why We Need to Define the Bigger Problem*”

Why Should We Care?

When we get a job in an enterprise, we generally assume it’s for work the company advertised and interviewed us for.   We would find it kind of funny if the company assigns us to do something we didn’t get hired for.    But it happens.  We sometimes are given work that are not on ourContinue reading “Why Should We Care?”

The Path Towards Becoming a Supply Chain Expert Begins with Basic Competency

Sometimes identifying a problem is not in observing what’s going on; sometimes it’s noticing what’s not there. In my blog, “Where are the Supply Chain Experts?”, written last March 2020, I wrote there were no supply chain experts seen working side by side with business and government leaders in solving supply issues at the heightContinue reading “The Path Towards Becoming a Supply Chain Expert Begins with Basic Competency”

Six (6) Reasons Why We Need to Learn How to Manage Supply Chains

Why do we need to learn how to manage supply chains? The answer to the question may seem straightforward at first.    We need to learn how to manage supply chains so that we can ensure the availability of products and services at the right quantity, right quality, at the time they’re needed, and atContinue reading “Six (6) Reasons Why We Need to Learn How to Manage Supply Chains”

What is a Manager, Anyway?

What is a manager? That was the first question the group of line managers asked me.  I just got hired by as a management trainee at a consumer goods company and was on my first month at its Manila manufacturing facility, going through orientation.  I was required to undergo a qualification test with senior managersContinue reading “What is a Manager, Anyway?”

Appreciating the Value of Veteran Employees

When I was a young industrial engineer at the food production division of a multinational company, the accounting department asked me to find out why there was a large reported loss of refined coconut oil. They’re the ones we always look for when we need something.  I went to the production manager and he toldContinue reading “Appreciating the Value of Veteran Employees”

What Organising Really Means

There are four (4) basic functions to management:  planning, organising, directing, and controlling.  We can picture what planning, directing, and controlling are.  They’re kind of straightforward and self-explanatory.  Organising, however, is not.  When we “organise,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind?  We perhaps think of putting our stuff in order, like filing awayContinue reading “What Organising Really Means”

Owning versus Managing: What’s the Difference?

Do you own the business or do you manage the business?* A senior member of the board of trustees of a high-rise building walked into its administration office and asked the accountant there to order parts for a diesel generator set.  The senior board member believed that the generator needed a minor repair and notContinue reading “Owning versus Managing: What’s the Difference?”

Four (4) Suggestions for a Client-Convenient Website

The phone company needs a password whenever I want to look at my bill.  I enrolled into the phone company’s “paperless billing” system more than a year ago.  Before, the “paper” bills were arriving late such that when I received them, they were already past the due date.  With paperless billing, the phone company notifiesContinue reading “Four (4) Suggestions for a Client-Convenient Website”